14:332:363 - Electronic Devices Laboratory

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:363 - Electronic Devices Laboratory (1)
Laboratory experiments in microelectronic circuits using semiconductor devices, including diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. Employing a learn-by-doing approach, emphasizing the hands-on-experimental experiences and computer simulation.

Pre-Requisite Courses: 

14:332:222, 224

Co-Requisite Courses: 


Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Basic circuit analysis techniques
2. Frequency-domain and time-domain response of circuits
3. Two-port network parameters
4. Basic knowledge and experiences of P-Spice
5. Basic skills in using multimeters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, and counters

Textbook & Materials: 

Laboratory Manual supplied by the instructor


K.C.Smith, Laboratory Explorations for Microelectronic Circuits, 6th edition
Y.Lu, Lab Manuals for Electronic Devices

Overall Educational Objective: 

1. To provide students basic experimental experiences in physical operation and circuit applications of semiconductor devices.
2. To develop the skills in simulation and design of microelectronic circuits using P-Spice.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
1. An ability to operate the laboratory equipment.
2. An ability to construct and analyze the microelectronic circuits.
3. An ability to design the diode circuits and single stage BJT or MOSFET amplifier circuits from a set of specifications.
4. An ability to simulate the microelectronic circuits using P-Spice software.
5. An ability to measure and record the experimental data, analyze the results, and prepare a formal laboratory report.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • Pre-Lab preparation and Performance in laboratory (20 %)
  • Laboratory experimental reports (60 %)
  • P-Spice simulation assignments (20%)

  • N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



    Proficiency assessed by

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


    Laboratory work and reports

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret data


    Laboratory work and reports

    (c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability


    Setting up equipment, performing experiments, simulating circuits

    (d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


    Using the knowledge learned to perform laboratory experiments

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


    Conducting experiments, report the results

    (g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


    Laboratory reports, questions-answering during the lab sessions

    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


    Report preparation, hands-on–experiences, and simulation skills

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


    Laboratory reports and simulation reports

    Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Depth in Electrical Engineering


    Laboratory performances and reports

    Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


    P-SPICE simulation

    Depth in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory equipment and software tools


    Performing lab experiments, conducting circuit simulation

    Variety of instruction formats


    Lab instruction, office hours

Topics Covered week by week: 

Weeks 1 and 2: Introduction and Laboratory Equipment
Weeks 3 and 4: RC Circuits and Operational Amplifier
Weeks 5 and 6: Semiconductor Junction Diodes
Weeks 7 and 8: Bipolar Junction Transistors: I-V Characteristics and Biasing
Weeks 9 and 10: Bipolar Junction Transistors: Amplifier Topologies
Weeks 11 and 12: MOSFET Transistors
Weeks 13 and 14: Review

Computer Usage: 

P-Spice device models and circuit simulations, CD-ROM, ``Microelectronic Circuits’’,
WEB-SITE: http://www.sedrasmith.org/

Design Experiences: 

Moderate circuit design experience on which experiments are conducted and simulations are
performed using P-Spice.

Independent Learning Experiences : 

1. Writing laboratory reports, 2. Conducting the circuit simulation

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 0.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 1

Prepared by: 
Y. Lu
April, 2011